When Tyla asked what I wanted to eat for my birthday dinner, I said “BACON LOG!” It’s been a long time since we’ve made one and sitting outside in the sunshine by a smoker for a few hours seemed like a good way to spend the day. Don got in on the action too and decided to smoke a brisket. He really went all out marinating it for two days and then starting the smoker at midnight. He got up every couple hours to check on it. He also chopped up two grill baskets full of veggies. Thanks Don! While we had all that going, we also cooked up a new batch of hot sauce. This time we did it with all mango instead of including some papaya. Logan dubbed this one “Yellow Fever.” It came out delicious though Logan claims the Agent Orange recipe is better.

There was so much delicious food that day. Thank you to everyone for helping to put it together and for letting me fulfill my dream of making another bacon long!

After about a year of flying cheapo RC planes made out of foam board from the dollar store, I feel like I’m ready to attempt my first “real” RC plane. A huge thanks goes to Tyla for buying me the Bixler 2 that I’ve had my eye on. It’s still a beginner plane, but it’s much more capable than what I’ve been flying. Plus, there is a big community built up around this plane of people who make modifications for flying FPV (First Person View) and other things like that. I’m looking forward to putting it together and tossing it in the air. Any bets about how long it will fly before it’s first crash?

Ouch. Tough game for the Seahawks. It stands to reason that they weren’t going to run through the season undefeated but I wouldn’t have guessed that San Diego would have taken them out. San Diego played a pretty solid game though aside from some poorly timed penalties. Hopefully Pete Carroll can turn this around and use it to encourage the team.

In our league, two of the four undefeated teams lost leaving the Scherschel brothers to fight it out for first place. Luke currently holds the first spot with the tiebreaker of points but Tim is close behind. There are four teams with one win and then Logan and Andy are still looking for their first win.

Guys, we had a LOT of 0’s on the board this week. There were so many that I didn’t even take the time to see which ones should have been preventable. Get your rosters up to date with respect to injuries, and remember that bye weeks start in week 4.

Now on to the weekly awards. This week I added winning and losing streaks to the list. I don’t have prior history for this one so we’ll just keep track from this season forward.

  • Highest Team Score
    • This Week:  Jim had 137.41
    • Season: In Week 1, Ben had 137.85
    • All-Time: In 2013, Tim had 195.50
  • Lowest Team Score
    • This Week:  Dad had 88.37
    • Season: In Week 1, Jim had 82.00
    • All-Time: In 2011, Jim beat Luke by 83.79
  • Biggest Blowout
    • This Week: Jim beat Dad by 49.04
    • Season: Previous record was in Week 1, Luke beat Jim by 41.27
    • All-Time: In 2010, Luke beat Andy by 113.02
  • Closest Win
    • This Week:  Austin beat me by 1.7
    • Season: Previous record was in Week 1, Dad beat Austin by 27.16
    • All-Time: In 2012, Jim beat me by 0.12
  • Highest Scoring Player
    • This Week:  Aaron Rodgers had 34.64 for Tim.
    • Season: In Week 1, Matt Ryan scored 37.42 for Dad
    • All-Time: In 2013, Peyton Manning scored 60.28 for Andy
  • Longest Winning Streaks:
    • Active: Tim and Luke have 2 game winning streaks
    • Season: Tim and Luke have 2 game winning streaks
  • Longest Losing Streaks:
    • Active: Logan and Andy have 2 game losing streaks.
    • Season: Logan and Andy have 2 game losing streaks.

There’s no shot of the opposing QB feeling dejected after playing the Seahawks this week. The Seattle D did not live up to their reputation this week.

My neighbors have had to look at quite a mess for the past couple months. The back yard is beautiful but all we did in the front yard was tear out all the plants and leave 4-5 yards of dirt piled up in the side yard. We took a break from that project to give Tim time to put new siding on his house. The siding is done so it’s back to the yard project!

The front yard should go much quicker than the back yard did because we’re doing a lot less work. Here’s what is on the agenda:

  • Scrape off all the sod and the top ~6” of dirt
  • Bring in new dirt
  • Add downspout drains out to the street
  • Extend the back yard irrigation system into the front yard.
  • Install new sod

If all goes according to plan, we’ll be done in two weeks. I can hear you laughing now. When’s the last time Tim and I worked on a project together and had it go “according to plan”?

So you need to share a big file or a bunch of files that add up to a lot. This problem has been around since time began and it’s often still easier to hand someone a physical piece of media like an SD card or a CD. But there are (free) ways to do it online and they aren’t terribly difficult. I can think of a dozen different ways to do it off the top of my head, but I’m going to pick one and yes, it’s a Microsoft solution. What did you expect?

  1. You probably already have a Microsoft account (hotmail.com, live.com, outlook.com, etc), but if you don’t go sign up for one.
  2. Visit OneDrive.com. You have a bunch of free space to store and share files.
  3. Create a folder for your files that you want to share.
  4. Upload the files into this folder.
  5. Go back to that folder, select it and then click Share.
  6. Choose “Get a link” from the left side. “View Only” should be selected by default on the right and that’s probably good.
  7. Click Create link.
  8. A link is generated and you can email that to the people you want to share it with. Anyone with that link will be able to get to the files you shared.

Cue the “The More You Know” music.

Happy Birthday to me! More and more things make me feel old. The latest one was this video that went around showing teenagers playing the original Nintendo. It’s hilarious, sad and face-palm at the same time.

As I ponder moving all of my web stuff from GoDaddy to Azure, one of the big pieces is the backend infrastructure for the CascadeSkier line of apps. There is the Windows 7 gadget, Windows 8 modern app, and Windows Phone app, each with slightly different but mostly similar requirements.

Moving the code over is actually pretty simple, and this is a good opportunity to clean up a lot of things. However, one major difference is that GoDaddy gave me free unlimited bandwidth but I’ll have to pay for it on Azure. So how much data was I using from GoDaddy for these apps?

I finally set up a bit of telemetry for my apps on the server side, logging every request that comes in. That gives me a bunch of interesting stats:

  • The most popular resorts that people subscribe to are unsurprisingly Crystal, Stevens and Snoqualmie. Those are the resorts that are closest to the main urban areas.
  • Almost nobody cares about the Oregon resorts that I have in my app. If I was out to make money, targeted advertising in those areas would probably pay off.
  • Only about 30 people are still using the old desktop gadget.
  • While I’ve sold a few thousand copies of these apps, it looks like only about 400-500 of them are in regular use right now. Then again, given that it’s still summer time, maybe that’s more impressive than it looks. I wonder how these numbers will change in the winter?
  • Right now I’m using about 150MB of data per day to service these applications. Azure gives you the first 5GB of traffic for free so that would just fit under the cap. I expect it to increase in the winter but I’m not going to be blowing through terabytes of data or anything like that.

If/when I do move the service over to Azure, I’ll probably take the opportunity to update all the apps and add even more telemetry so I can see which features people are using, etc. My job at work now focuses heavily on our telemetry pipeline so it has me asking lots of questions that I can’t answer about my own application.

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